The Cardigan Reserve Hockey team hosted the Tilton Club Team on Wednesday night, at Turner Arena, for their last game of the year. The Cougars were looking to pick up their first win of season after so many close contests this year.
The Cougars opened the scoring in the first period on a goal by Everardo Lujan Lalieu ‘20 who picked up a loose puck, which had been kept in at the blue line by Luke Litowitz ‘20. Taking a 1-0 lead into the second period, the Cougars kept the pressure on Tilton and took a 2-0 lead on Diego Cortina’s ‘20 first goal of the season. Jeronimo Chico Hegewisch ‘19 made a nice pass to Cortina in the slot, to tally the assist.
Being up 2-0 going into the third period, the Cougars were in unchartered territory having the lead. Tilton was looking to make a dent in the Cougar lead and scored their first goal on the first shot of the third period, to put the Cougars on their heels. The Cougars did not back down and scored their third goal of the game on a feed from Owen Reilly ‘20 to Leopold Dorilas ‘19 mid-way through the third period, to put CMS up 3-1. Lalieu also tallied an assist on the Dorilas goal. Tilton came right back and scored on the next shift, pulling the game back within one. As the thrilling game moved on, neither team knew what would happen. Then Tilton scored with just over 2 minutes to go in the game, tying the game 3-3. The Cougars were on their heels at this point as Tilton had the momentum, but the line of Alex Pilliod ‘19, Chico Hegewisch, and Cortina came through in the clutch, scoring with 1:03 left on the clock. Litowitz cleared the puck from the Cardigan end, putting the puck on Pilliod’s tape. Pilliod used his speed to go wide on the defenseman and beat the goalie far side with a strong backhand shot, putting the game at 4-3. This is how the game would end as the Reserve Team picked up their first win of the season.
Church Salathe ‘22 and Jake Marcum ‘22 both played in net for Cardigan. Each goalie made key saves to preserve the win!!!